December 2nd is National Day in the United Arab Emirates. This year will be the 41st anniversary of the unification of the Emirates. Today we celebrated at college with a car parade of cars adorned with national flags and photos. There were also stalls displaying local products and artifacts such as henna painting and reed weaving. I took lots of photos and videos with the belief that they will be useful for future iPad projects.
I initially used the photos in class to help students students prepare for a paired question and answer speaking exam. As a teacher the beauty of doing this on the iPad was that it literally took 15 mins maximum to put together as a lesson, once I had taken the photos. The Audioboo was unrehearsed and I thank Robert Dobie for agreeing to make a spontaneous recording. Robert produces http://esltopics.com.
Here is the steps we followed:
Provide an example of the speaking task : http://audioboo.fm/boos/1083191-national-day-2012
Task Prompt: Look at the three photos and decide which stall you would visit if you were at the National Day Celebrations, but only had time to visit one stall. ( The car is part of a decorated car parade. There is a prize for the winner.)
Play Audio boo to demonstrate the task and elicit key language.
Use Skitch and photos to name items in photo, brainstorm words onto the photos that students can use during the speaking task.
Practice would you like to… Do you like verb ing Questions ( optional)
Students carry out the same speaking task from the Audioboo. This scaffolds them into the task.
Students swop partners and repeat process with new pictures
Students record themselves conducting the speaking tasks using Audioboo, then listen and evaluate their performance .
The whole class listen to a number of class generated recordings and discuss strengths and things to work on .
The 6 photos were collated using the Pic Collage App.
I am sharing some of these here as one of the great things about e-learning is that students have access to many cultures and traditions previously unavailable to them. Please feel free to use them.
For really professional photos of the U.A,E taken by a colleague Peter Waters, please visit his blog:
I will post more photos of the celebrations taking place on National Day itself- December 2nd.